You are on page 1of 5

Drop Everything and Read Learn more about Drop Everything and Read Exploring colors The learner

will develop the ability to use science process skills through exploration with primary colors. Format: lesson plan (grade K Visual Arts Education) By Kristin Gray. Jack-o-Light We use pumpkins to demonstrate that fire needs air to burn. This goes really well with Fire Safety Week and our pumpkin unit. Also, we 'guesstimate' how many pumpkin seeds are in the pumpkin. We roast them afterwards by following a recipe. You can also create a Kids Pix picture of pumpkins. Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics and Science) By Michele Tipton. Twisters in a jar The class will discuss the motion, causes and effects of a tornado. The student will also be able to name the safety steps one should take when a tornado occurs. Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Science) By Andrea Allen. Understanding the Columbian Exchange This lesson will help students think about the effects of the Columbian Exchange, particularly the exchange of disease as it affected the psychology of the Europeans and Native populations in the early settlement of the Americas. Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies) By Pauline S. Johnson. Finding lesson plans on the LEARN NC website This document explains how to find lesson plans by browsing the collection, by goal & objective of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, and by searching. Format: article/help Find all 40 resources in our collection. • Print

DEAR is classroom time set aside for teachers and students to Drop Everything and Read. The goal of DEAR is to encourage independent silent reading for extended periods of time on a daily or weekly basis. Students choose the book they wish to read based on interest and ability. See also sustained silent reading. Additional information Guidelines for DEAR focus on protecting it as a sacred classroom time to encourage independent reading. It is not sacrificed to other tasks nor used as a filler activity if other lessons finish early. It is not a graded activity, although students may be encouraged to share recommendations or evaluations of books with their peers. Students should bring books from home or select books before DEAR time begins. Recommendations for a time frame suggest beginning with five minutes for younger students and fifteen minutes for older students, increasing the time allowance as the academic year progresses. Examples and resources

What's happening in this classroom? These children and their teacher are enjoying D. With the DEAR/SSR process." It is also important to track the books. A. including the teacher Everyone gets to pick what they read including comic books Games. the teacher should know what the students are reading. This usually takes several years of assignment in a same/ similar grade and frequent stops at garage sales before the library can be considered to be "well stocked. . the teacher can make suggestions and discuss what students are reading at different. A. In addition.. E. magazines. E. . E. time. but there doesn't have to be Teachers do not use time to "read" and grade papers Reading Web sites is allowed. Even the teacher seems to be in on the action as she sits at her desk with the latest Grisham novel. There are some basic rules: • • • • • • Everyone reads. informal times during the day. time conveniently accommodates a variety of student interests and ability levels. and other reading that students do at this time. classmate Kim Gun-Whee sprawls on a rug. R. Sustained Silent Reading | Drop Everything and Read Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) and Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) are different names for the same process.See Alta Allen’s article "Real-World Approaches to Reading" for further explanation of DEAR and suggestions for incorporating it and related strategies into the elementary classroom. What is D. E.Write. see Read. Drop Everything and Read Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life. . A. comic books. music. Then. D. time. The whole room. in fact." D.? Drop Everything And Read time. R. everyone including the teacher reads for twenty minutes. -. giggling occasionally as he reads a dilapidated copy of Laura Numeroff's Dogs Don't Wear Sneakers. R. sharing a quilt and Jan Brett's The Mitten. and one with high payoffs in student learning. While students are free to choose what they want to read. A. This is one of the easiest strategies for all ages of students. A. E. R. is a time regularly set aside in the classroom schedule for both students and their teachers to "drop everything and read. R. TV and other distractions are not allowed There can be sharing and follow up activities for the reading.Think for a lesson plan using DEAR in the classroom. reports. Nearby. a fresh method of turning kids "on" to independent reading. if everyone gets a turn Classroom Library or Reading Room The easiest way to run the DEAR/SSR process is when there is a well stocked classroom library. is not intended to be . since each student selects for himself or herself the book or books he or she wishes to read.Mortimer Adler Second graders Ho Min-Kyung and Lee So-ri sit quietly on the floor. is a mass of children and books. better known as D. manuals.

to get interested in the story. time begins. E. Create comfortable areas for reading. Present a range of fiction including adventure. Although book reports and reading quizzes may serve a purpose in direct reading instruction.Winnie the Pooh. supplements the regular reading program by encouraging independent reading. Present nonfiction titles including biographies. D. E. E. R.• • a substitute for other language arts instruction -. . • • . an extra activity that gets plugged into the schedule when another lesson finishes early or dropped from the schedule when a lesson runs longer than expected or a fire drill interrupts class. Present poetry and humor. bean bag chairs. A. E. . Hang studentcreated book mobiles around reading area. R. Arthur. each student should bring a book from home or select a book from the classroom library before D. E. but it does not replace guided reading. show students the book from which you are reading. Children surrounded by books are more likely to read books. time is a priority and so that they can look forward to this special period. A. R. mystery. For younger students. E. D. Develop a literature-rich classroom environment. or add an evaluation for the book to a classroom database. Teach all students how to find fictional works according to the author's name and how to look for books in card catalog or database.D. time is "dear. historical works. time has one purpose: getting students excited about reading. Teach older students how to use the Dewey Decimal system. It is scheduled for the same time each day or week so students recognize that D. and let them know that the book is available in the class library. When D. purchase stuffed animals related to favorite stories -. Remember. E. R. R. a graded activity. A. and scientific works. Paddington Bear. Expose children to a variety of genres. becomes a regular part of the classroom schedule. time arrives. is to encourage students to read independently. R. the goal of D. Set up a file system through which students can share their comments on the books they've read with the class. A. E. time should be quality time. Clifford. . E. Display prominently posters about various books. If students want to tell about the books they have read (and many will). R. Help students understand that books. Some children think they don't like reading because they haven't liked the selection of literature to which they've been exposed. a time for students to select books. • • Build a large classroom library -. a teacher's escape from teaching. . child-size rockers. There's something for everyone! Teach students how to find books in the library. Make sure reading area is well-lit. R. then let them finish it at home! • • • Making D. E. In general. . Give them class time to begin a work. let students see that you place a priority on reading. E. A.include books from a variety of genres and books written at various reading levels. come in a myriad of flavors. historical fiction.or twenty-minute periods each week for older students is ample. large pillows. A. R. R. Read excerpts from various books aloud to class. A. but not necessarily a large quantity of time. Ten minutes a day for younger students or two fifteen. fantasy. like ice cream. A. they should never infringe upon D. A. time. science fiction. When D. etc. put a large rug. A. work for you . D. autobiographies. they may write recommendations for their books and post these on a bulletin board in the class library center. and general selections. A. Let students take turns "advertising" their favorite books. and so forth in the library area. every student should be prepared to pull out immediately a pre-selected book and begin to read. R." It is an important part of the daily or weekly classroom schedule.

E. Always read with your students during D. R. begins.• Enlist parental support. R. As a general rule. Allow children a high degree of control over their reading selections. Set aside regular times in the class schedule for reading. Ask parents to take their child to the library regularly. students are watching your example. it may take a student a chapter or two to get interested in a book. though. 2007 . Do not make students report on their reading. R. A. time is supposed to be fun! -. Whether the child selects an easy book that he or she can read for pure enjoyment or a hard book that poses a special challenge does not matter. A. R. E. Encourage them to discuss the book their child is reading with the child and to let the child see them reading. R. E. R. Make sure every child has a book to read before D. E. You may choose to disallow some series of books because of objectionable content. E. All that matters is that the child learns to enjoy reading. Remember. R. but try not to limit genre or reading level. but don't demand that they share. A few students may also try to take advantage of this option. and it may occasionally be necessary to make these students choose a book and stick with it. they are still making associations between words and meaning. Let children with major reading problems listen to the story and follow along in the books. A. is not the time to grade spelling tests or prepare for math class. Encourage them to share their favorite books with other students. let the student choose another book. If D.not another academic exercise. Any child who does not have a book at book check should take a few moments to select one from the class library so that he or she is ready to read when D. only to discover that he or she intensely dislikes the chosen book. A. and to donate books their child has outgrown to the school for others to enjoy. A. then it should begin at 2:15 every Tuesday and Thursday. A good way to do this is to hold a book check right before recess or lunch. E. and they will enjoy getting the author's message from the book. time is set to begin at 2:15 every Tuesday and Thursday. D. Sometimes. If a child begins reading a work in D. Remember. to buy books for their child. D. It's a time to show students that reading is fun! • • • • • • • DEAR: Finding Time to Read Drop Everything and Read Time in the Primary Classroom © Irene Taylor Feb 7. avoid requiring a child to read for pleasure a book he or she does not find pleasurable. E. A. time. begins. time. except in the case of life or death emergencies. While they may not be reading independently. Purchase some sturdy portable cassette players and a selection of books with accompanying tapes (or narrate popular stories onto cassettes). A. so you might encourage the child to keep reading (or even begin reading at a later point in the book) and at least give the book a chance.

cfm/dearfinding_time_to_read#ixzz0MRup5gHo .suite101. Explain how it works. Some of the advantages are: • DEAR gives children the opportunity to read books of their own choice.. Do you DEAR in your primary classroom? Here’s how it works. • DEAR allows children to see that reading for fun and pleasure is a valuable experience. parents. the more they are exposed to the written word – and that will lead to better reading and writing skills. curl up in the book corner and just read for a given amount of time. the teacher will say “Drop Everything and Read” and the students do just that. You as the teacher must also read – don’t be tempted to use DEAR time for correcting papers of that last minute lesson plan! Read more: http://primaryschool. even the principal do it too – whoever is in the classroom when DEAR is called needs to Drop Everything and Read. Getting started Starting a DEAR program in your classroom (also called SSR – Sustained Silent Reading) is simple. So much of what we do in school involved books and reading material selected by the teacher.Do you DEAR in your classroom? Drop everything and read is a great way to keep kids reading. Advantages What are the advantages of doing DEAR in your classroom each day? Allowing children time to “just read” has many benefits and has been studied in many classrooms around the country. • DEAR can help develop better writing skills. Teachers. At any given time during the day. and just say “DEAR time” and let everyone begin. DEAR time lets children pick whatever reading material they want to just enjoy. pick up their favorite book. The more children read. provide great books and cozy places to Drop Everything and Read is a not-so-new movement in elementary school that promotes reading and reading for fun. classroom aides. They drop whatever they are working on.. and if everyone in the classroom does it – it must be a valuable way to spend some time. If the teacher sets aside time for it.